LHS Wildcats take three

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Levi Cantrell hits from the baseline in the JV game against Newburg.

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St. James
  The Wildcats were back at home against the St. James Tigers on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The game was a rematch from 11 days earlier, when Licking beat St. James 71-69. Licking got off to a good start behind some inside scoring from James Swan, G.T. Nicholson and Michael Milhizer. Those three players were able to combine for 16 points and take a 16-11 lead over the Tigers. Scoring slowed way down in the second period as both teams were only able to score 7 points each. Licking entered the half clinging to a 23-18 lead. The Wildcats were able to extend their lead to as many as 10 points in the third on a three-point play by Connor Medlock. St. James scored the final 2 points of the quarter to cut the lead to 8. Licking now entered the final period up 39-31 and would have to contend with constant full court pressure by the Tigers for the remainder of the game. St. James cut into the lead but were unable to get any closer than 4 points. The Wildcats finished with a 50-46 victory for their 18th win on the season.
  Swan led Licking in scoring with 19 points followed by Nicholson with 16, Milhizer 12 and Medlock 3. Carter Rinne, Evan Mitchell, Wilson Murray and Kaden Quick also played. 
  Licking hit the road again to face conference opponent Dixon on Friday, Feb. 1. The Wildcats came out on fire by putting up 20 points in the first period to jump out to a 9 point lead. Dixon hit 4 three-pointers in the second quarter to help keep pace with Licking, but the Wildcats moved ahead one more point and led 37-27 at the half. Kaden Quick started the second half with a three-pointer from the corner to jump start Licking and ended up adding two more three’s in the period to help the Wildcats take a 60-44 lead as both teams entered the final frame. Licking kept their lead and ended up playing 13 different players in the fourth to finish off the Bulldogs with a 71-55 win. The victory was the 19th of the year and moved Licking’s conference record to 4-0.
  G.T. Nicholson led the Wildcats with 32 points, followed by Quick with 19, Michael Milhizer 11, James Swan 6 and Garrett Duncan 3. Wilson Murray, Evan Mitchell, Carter Rinne, Kaleb Keaton, Landon Medlock, Connor Medlock, Levi Cantrell and Blake Payne also saw action. 
Varsity Boys vs. Newburg

  The Wildcats were back on the court on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to take on the Newburg Wolves at home for another conference contest. It was a slow start for both teams on offense. Neither team could really get into a rhythm, but it was Licking that was able to take an 11-9 lead by the time the first ended. The second period was much better for the home team. Licking picked up their defensive intensity and created turnovers that turned into points. Seven different players scored in the quarter to help the Wildcats move out to a 29-19 lead. Licking continued to extend their lead in the third by scoring 19 points and holding the Wolves to only 10. The Wildcats kept their defense solid throughout the game and continued to keep Newburg from making any sort of a run. The game ended in a 61-36 victory for Licking and gave them their 20th win of the season.
  G.T. Nicholson led the team in scoring with 18 points, followed by Michael Milhizer with 13, James Swan 8, Wilson Murray 5, Evan Mitchell 4, Kaden Quick 3, Carter Rinne 3, Garrett Duncan 3, Connor Medlock 2 and Levi Cantrell 2. Kaleb Keaton, Landon Medlock, Chance Campbell and Blake Payne also played.
JV Boys vs. Newburg



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